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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
+1 907-789-0097
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and City Tour
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Mendenhall Glacier is easily accessible via roads from the local airport, cruise ship terminal and state ferry terminal. Our facility and lands are managed by the federal government through the United States Forest Service. Federal passes are accepted and sold s well as daily passes. There is a visitor center with a theater showing a 15-minute film on Mendenhall Glacier, a bookstore operated by nonprofit organization Discovery Southeast, and exhibits on wildlife, history, and glacial and geological changes. Rangers provide talks at various indoor and outdoor sites in summer. Open hours in summer are daily 8am to 7:30pm. Due to wildlife and bears, no food is allowed outdoors from April-November. There is no beverage or food service available to prevent bears from becoming food-conditioned. Nearby Steep Creek is the spawning stream for wild sockeye salmon from late July through early September. Later in the fall, a run of coho salmon spawn in the creek. Porcupines can be seen foraging on leaves in deciduous trees. Beavers are visible early in the morning and in the evening. Learn about Alaska and the natural world around the glacier and lake. Enjoy a one-hour hike to 400-foot-tall Nugget Falls. Other trails lead to different habitats. In winter, the visitor center is open Friday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm and closed on federal holidays.
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End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
+1 907-789-0097
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited the glacier during one of our shore excursions from the cruise ship. Yes, the park is overrun with people on cruise days, but its our only chance to see it - so you have to deal with significant traffic and crowds. There are...More

Thank leoclab
Reviewed yesterday

Good but typical visitor's center with lots of information about the glacier and the area around it. The glacier is a must see for anyone going to Juneau. Unfortunately for us it was rainy, cold and foggy the day we were here and could only...More

Thank swingdrummer
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My mom and I went to the Mendenhall Glacier visitor center and walked around the grounds for a few hours, making our way to the Waterfall and the photo point trail. The trails were very well maintained and the paths were wide. I didn't realize...More

Thank Kristen T
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing views of glacier and you don't feel like you're ruining the environment just being here. Lots of thoughtful (though short) paved walks. Expect it's even more awesome when salmon are running.

Thank Ldeck
Reviewed yesterday

This was a great stop on our trip to Alaska! Loved seeing and hearing all about the Mendenhall Glacier. The trails are nice and very accessible, and the visitors center has much information about the history of the glacier

Thank Kathy L
Reviewed yesterday

You need approx. 2 hours to visit this site. The walk to the glacier and water fall is well worth the view when you get there. Visitor centre is good, there is a film which they show regularly and is interesting. We visited on a...More

Thank Linda_Northern
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very awesome views of the glacier! Lots of trails to walk and excellent opportunities to take some beautiful pictures

Thank Jason D
Reviewed yesterday

It's nice to know about the history and making of this marvel. Worth the time and effort. Don't miss this gem.

Thank RetiredMama1955
Reviewed 2 days ago

We toured the visitor center, watched a short film and then hiked down to the glacier edge. Beautiful!

Thank Bocagrlz
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The glacier is magnificent and the movie at the visitor center is good, but it is a zoo when everyone is there at once

Thank jdiowa
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Where do you find this bus? How much per person? Thank you. Suzanne
11 June 2017|
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Response from Elaine H | Reviewed this property |
Actually we took a helicopter over the glacier so we were transported to the heliport via private bus. Sorry I couldn't answer your question.
We are cruising and will be there from 2 until 10 pm. The cruise ship tour prices are very high and I was wondering if we could do this "off-line" by booking locally when we get there. Doable or not advised? How do I get there using public transportation. I may be the only one in our group interested in this visit.
17 May 2017|
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Response from Laurie C | Property representative |
There are several options but please don't discount the excursion from your ship. Tour operators understand visitors' needs and provide convenience so your time is well spent. As an alternative, you can find operators who... More
Kelly S
I heard that tours inside the caves of mendenhall glacier are cancelled a lot of the times due to the weather. Is this true? I'm visiting in June and interested but don't want to be disappointed if cancelled at the last minute. Thanks
5 May 2017|
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Response from Gngrpeech | Reviewed this property |
Honestly I didn't take any tours so I can't answer this question. But it would make sense that it would be weather dependent. Still..even if the Glacier caves weren't accessible due to weather, you could get to the Glacier... More